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Abbas Kiarostami, Close-up, 1990

I can see what Mr Godard was on about when he said "cinema ends with Abbas Kiarostami" (or words to that effect): based on the true story of Hossain Sabzian, a well-meaning but slightly disturbed film buff who impersonated director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and befriended a family under the pretext of using them in a forthcoming film and who was subsequently arrested and charged with fraud, and starring not only the real people who were involved in the story, but also Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Kiarostami themselves, it's absolutely fascinating from beginning to end. Even more so when one learns that some of the lines spoken in Sabzian's trial were in fact scripted by the director.. the spectator is constantly led to question what s/he's watching, trying to decide what's "real" and what's "cinema" in an intriguing game of mirrors that Kiarostami plays right to final moments, perversely editing out snippets of Makhmalbaf's discussion with Sabzian riding behind him on a motorbike through Tehran traffic. Great film.
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Ruggero Deodato, Cannibal Holocaust, 1980

Hope you'll forgive a truly perverse comparison between the Kiarostami above and this notoriously gory (and, to be honest, not very good) video nasty cult classic - but oddly enough I found they had several points in common. It's all about watching - Deodato's tale is after all one of recovering cans of film shot by an ill-fated group of documentary makers who ended up as dinner in the middle of the Amazonian green inferno, and we spend quite a lot of time watching other people watching the appalling footage - and trying to determine the difference between real and what isn't. Of course, that animal slaughter was for real - seeing the problems that caused with censors, Deodato subsequently regretted his decision to use animals - whereas the violence inflicted on humans wasn't. Or was it? Apparently some of the fake documentary The Last Road to Hell was actual execution footage from Amin's Uganda.. yikes. Whatever, it's an uncomfortable viewing experience, not only due to the (deliberately? I wonder) lousy acting but also to Riz Ortolani's spectacularly (deliberately? I think so) inappropriate soundtrack. Deodato's credentials as a filmmaker, having learnt his craft under Rossellini and Corbucci, were impeccable; and his subsequent influence over the likes of Tarantino and Stone undeniable.
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Manoel de Oliveira, Voyage to the Beginning of the World, 1997

One look at Marcello Mastroianni wandering around the Alto Minho graveyard and you know he knows he's near to death, which makes this especially poignant (he died just before the film was completed and Oliveira dedicated it to his memory). But his character - he plays a film director named Manoel - is not the central figure, as Oliveira ever so subtly shifts the focus elsewhere. Masterly.
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jon abbey wrote:no, The Meaning of Life was never very funny, the Holy Grail is/was fantastic and Life of Brian is fine but overrated, but Meaning of Life I never liked much.
Agree on all counts.
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Dan Warburton wrote: 4) Our Man in Havana, 1959, by Carol Reed. this was my fault. i thought: for a proper christmas movie let's watch something with alec guinness in it. maybe this once was good enough and has just dated badly (i seem to remember i was bored stiff by the novel too). one could probably watch it all through even today, but then the cold war plays out so differently now that watching musty old clichés about a spy world that also never existed but maybe related to funny cartoons in men's magazines 50 years ago does seem somewhat pointless.
Hunh. Though it was a long time ago, I remember really liking this.
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yeah such blindness to the obvious merits of classics is totally unlike dan. maybe he's just watching too many movies ... or maybe his days as a tastemaker are numbered ...

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Dan can't be losing it! He's my film guru!! And let me take this annual opportunity to thank him for this incredible thread (which I constantly brag on to anybody who'll listen).
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walto wrote:
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Did I? I think not - but we've just finished watching Season 3 of Twin Peaks - all 18 hours in 4 days - and my mind's so fried I don't know what's real news & what's fake news anymore

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Dan Warburton wrote:Wow Lutz, you seem to be a real glutton for punishment :lol: Quite agree with Jon on Meaning of Life (I do like "Every Sperm is Sacred" though), but less so on Brian, which we watched recently and I found to have aged rather well. They nail today's ridiculous 31-gender PC stupidity very nicely. ("Suppose you agree that he can't actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Romans', but that he can have the right to have babies"...)

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Dan Warburton wrote:Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, Koolhaas Houselife, 2008

Splendid to see it all from the housekeeper's point of view, warts and all (leaks, rather than warts) - and the architect himself ("with those big ears, like antennas!") is also amused at what is at times a rather unflattering portrait of one of his great works.
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Antoine wrote:
Dan Warburton wrote:Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, Koolhaas Houselife, 2008

Splendid to see it all from the housekeeper's point of view, warts and all (leaks, rather than warts) - and the architect himself ("with those big ears, like antennas!") is also amused at what is at times a rather unflattering portrait of one of his great works.
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While trying to summon up the enthusiasm to return to a real cinema to see Verhoeven's latest, which caused a few ripples at this year's decidedly underwhelming Cannes festival, we went on another return visit, and it was just as impressive second time round. Words from 2017:

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Paul Verhoeven, Keetje Tippel, 1975
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It's probably the occasional flashes of nudity, along with the odd (shadow of an) erect penis, that accounts for this excellent film being not as widely known as it should be. But if you don't know Verhoeven's early Dutch work, this is a great place to start, a splendidly sordid Zolaesque story of the poor girl trying to get ahead (no prizes for guessing how she does it). The trailer rather grandiosely namechecks Bergman (psychological subtlety), Fellini (tits'n'ass) and Bertolucci (historical flourish), and I can go with that. I look forward to a decent HD version someday. Recommended.
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